A fourth grader was recently targeted by immigration agents, Gothamist reports. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agents showed up at the front door of PS58, an elementary school in Maspeth, Queens, asking about the unnamed fourth grader. The agents were turned away by the school’s staff before they could enter. According to NYC’s Department of Education, the school’s policy is to turn away “non-local law enforcement” unless they have required documentation, including “proper warrants.” The NY Daily News reported that New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña reassured the public, saying:
All students, regardless of immigration status, are welcome in NYC public schools, and parents should rest assured that we will do everything in our power to protect students, staff, and families. We’re looking into this incident and are providing schools with additional information on our protocol and more trainings.
According to Gothamist, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s press secretary took to Twitter to inform New Yorkers that the mayor had been briefed on the incident.
Mayor's been briefed on a fed immig agent showing up at Queens' PS58 Thurs. asking about a 4th grader. School turned him away. A 4th grader.
— Eric Phillips (@EricFPhillips) May 13, 2017
The press secretary, Eric Philips, later tweeted that they had no details on what business the immigration officer had with the fourth grader and that the officer left when the school’s officials refused to help.
[H/T] Gothamist: Federal Immigration Agent Allegedly Inquired About 4th Grader At Queens Public School